connect with me
Lisa Ireland Writing Mentorship Program
Are you looking for a book writing mentor to support you on your path to publication?
I WISH I'D HAD A WRITING COACH
I wish I'd had someone to answer my writing questions...give me feedback on my work...help me work out my own style & process...share their industry knowledge with me...be my writing coach.
Being traditionally published was a lifelong dream for me. While I was writing my first novel, there were times when I felt confused and overwhelmed by all the advice out there. Should I be a plotter or a pantser? Should I really delete all my adverbs? Do I need an agent? In those early days, it would have been really nice to have a novel writing coach I could chat to.
When I finally got the call in 2013, I knew eventually I’d want to start a coaching or mentorship program to help share what I was learning with others.
Since then, I’ve run Week-Long Writing Retreats with fellow women’s fiction author Vanessa Carnevale and begun my own private writing mentorship program offering both 1-on-1 coaching and small group sessions.
As my list of graduated mentees grows, so too is the supportive online writing community we are building through our private Facebook Group.
LOOKING FOR A NOVEL WRITING MENTORSHIP?
Six Month Writing Mentorship Program
Are you trying to write a manuscript and wish you had someone who you could ask the hard questions of? You might be stuck on your first draft, working through re-writes or readying yourself to tackle that dreaded synopsis and submission process. Wherever you’re at, Lisa has likely been there or knows someone who has.
Engage Lisa as your personal writing mentor and receive valuable industry and craft insights through her six month mentorship program.
As an ongoing mentee, you’ll benefit from:
- An initial Zoom goal-setting and feedback session on up to the first 10,000 words you may have written on your manuscript (approx 1.5 hours).
- Five subsequent monthly Zoom meetings (approx 1.5 hours) where you’ll:
- Set writing and/or editing goals
- Receive feedback on your work (5,000 words per month max.)
- Get personalised advice on creating a writing process that works for you.
- Feel encouraged and grow in your confidence to work towards your publication goals.
- A weekly check-in on Lisa’s private Facebook Group to help you feel accountable to your writing goals and encouraged when life gets tricky.
- Ongoing membership to Lisa’s private Facebook Group. Join an exclusive community that support each other on the road to publication. Celebrate your writing wins with people who get it!
Financial Commitment: $2000*
*Includes a $200 deposit for an eligibility Zoom meeting. During this meeting Lisa will talk with you about your project and goals to ensure she is the right writing coach for you. Should she decide to not take you on, she will refund the $200 in full. Should you decide after this meeting to not proceed, the deposit will be non-refundable.
Mentorship Program full until January 2023.
Join the waitlist to be notified of next mentee intake.
Whilst I previously offered twelve month mentorships, the nature of my publication and publicity schedule means it can be difficult to plan my availability more than six months in advance.
In addition to this, my mentees have found six months to be the most beneficial amount of time for setting big writing goals and really building momentum.
You’ll end your six month mentorship with some suggestions and a bit of a roadmap on what you’ll need to do next. However, should you really need more time, you’re welcome to re-engage me for a further six months or utilise my Career and Novel Writing Coaching Sessions.
It depends…Romance is such a big genre with specific conventions and reader expectations for each sub-genre that you’re often best finding a mentor who actively writes (or at least reads!) in your area.
Personally, I’m happy and confident accepting mentees who write in rural/small-town romance, historical romance and contemporary romance.
However, if you write in another romance sub-genre (or another genre altogether), we may still be a good fit! Fill in an enquiry and let me know a little about you and your project. If I can’t help you, I may be able to connect you with a different mentor who would be a better fit.
Not in the immediate future. Whilst I thoroughly enjoy the community and connection that comes from running a writing retreat, the current global circumstances make it difficult to plan ahead. However, who knows what the future holds!
The best way to ensure you don’t miss any future event announcements (including retreats) is to sign up to my newsletter or follow me on social media.
At this time, I am not offering formal manuscript assessments. However, my six month mentorship packages come with feedback on your first 10,000 words and ongoing monthly feedback on up to 5,000 words (35,000 words max during mentorship period).
If you need a full formal assessment, please get in touch with your local writers centre or the Australian Society of Authors.
Funny you should ask…this is a project I’m seriously considering (if only I had more time!) Watch this space…
If you love Mentor Mondays and what I have to say about writing and publishing, make sure you’re subscribed to my newsletter where you’ll get extra insights and tips.
In the meantime, my favourite books on writing are:
- The Right to Write by Julia Cameron
- On Writing by Stephen King
- Goal, Motivation, Conflict by Debra Dixon